Against back pain, acupuncture and osteopathy
Acupuncture effective on different back pain
Numerous clinical trials have concluded positive effect of several types of acupuncture on different back pain.“In practice, the treatment differs depending on the location and characteristics of the pain, explains Dr Denis Colin, president of the French College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. For example, low back pain is not treated in the same way depending on whether it is calmed at rest or when walking. “
Usually, five acupuncture points (10 needles) are sufficient. Count at least two sessions (15 to 45 minutes), more if the pain is recurrent and old. In fact, the earlier it is treated, the better it is relieved.
Osteopathy can cure purely mechanical back pain
“Osteopathy responds to the first complaint, which calls for relief. If the cause is purely mechanical, osteopathy can even be cured ”, notes Dr Eric Lorrain, President of the European Plant Substances Institute.
This practitioner insists on the importance of the diagnosis, because it makes it possible to distinguish a inflammatory pain of a mechanical pain, back pain due to bad posture or a period of stress symptomatic pain of varying degrees of depression.
Warning: whatever natural medicine you choose, you must first seek a diagnosis from the doctor, because pain is a symptom of which you must know the cause.
Osteoarthritis: the benefits of food supplements and herbal medicine
Food supplements for painful joints
” The chondroitin sulfate and the glucosamine rebuild the cartilage in the long term, provided that the doses validated as effective are taken: 1,200 mg and 1,500 mg per day ”, explains Hélène de Vecchy, doctor of pharmacy.
“The action of these substances is recognized, but their price can vary from one to the double from one pharmacy to another. We must therefore be vigilant and not hesitate to play the competition! “, warns Dr Eric Lorrain.
Disclaimer: these food supplements may have unwanted effects. They are particularly not recommended for people with asthma, diabetes, etc. Always seek medical advice before taking them.
THE’harpagophyton (or Harpagophytum) is a anti-inflammatory plant. Less active than a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, it nevertheless makes it possible to reduce its consumption. The problem is that ” this plant lives in the wild in the Kalahari desert (southern Africa). It is therefore a difficult resource, and we now prefer the figwort, a plant from the Mediterranean rim, also anti-inflammatory ”, explains Dr Lorrain.
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Biofeedback and acupuncture: two alternative medicines for migraine
Also called “feedback”, biofeedback is a non-drug therapy for migraine approved in 2002 by the High Authority for Health (HAS). According to HAS, biofeedback “Can be considered in certain cases, depending on the psychological profile of the patient”.
How it works ? ” This involves transcribing a body index such as perspiration, pulse and blood pressure in a way that can be read directly by the patient. The patient will therefore be able to verify that this body index changes ”, explains Dr Françoise Radat, neurologist at the pain center of CHU Pellegrin in Bordeaux. The migraine sufferer can then train to mentally control this physiological parameter.
Several sessions, usually 10 to 20, with measuring devices, take place in the hospital or with a specialist doctor before the person becomes independent. “The most anxious patients benefit from treatment in relaxation and stress management therapy,” says Dr Françoise Radat.
Acupuncture, to reduce the frequency and duration of migraines
Although its effectiveness has not been formally demonstrated and the studies are insufficient to allow the recommendations of the HAS, some of them nevertheless indicate that acupuncture can reduce the frequency and the duration of migraines. “Most of the time, we see a reduction in medication after two to three sessions”, observes Dr Denis Colin.
Treating irritable bowel syndrome with hypnosis and herbal medicine
The benefits of hypnosis on an irritable stomach
Several clinical trials show that hypnosis relieves irritable bowel symptoms : spasms and abdominal pain, bowel habits and improves general well-being. “We must first make sure that the gastroenterologist’s assessment is done, that the explorations reassure on the absence of cancer, polyps or diverticula, insists Dr Jean-Marc Benhaïem, director of the university diploma (DU) in medical hypnosis at La Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris.
Then three to four sessions are scheduled.“The person describes how they feel: the colon scares me, I’m sick of it, I would like to get rid of it, it’s a huge knot…hypnosis uses the imagination to change the relationship a person has with their illness and make them less aggressive, more benevolent. “
Hypnosis sessions cost from 50 to 120 €. Patients who have had a few consultations are therefore encouraged to use theSelf Hypnosis. The practitioner must give them the keys so that they become autonomous and their disorders subside in a lasting way.
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Peppermint relieves abdominal pain
Peppermint essential oil has beneficial effects, after two to four weeks, for the abdominal pain, the bloat and the stool frequency.
“It can be dangerous in oral self-medication, and must be used with caution”, however alert Dr Eric Lorrain. Studies have indeed described various undesirable effects, such as heartburn, nausea or vomiting, etc. A treatment that is strictly not recommended for pregnant women.